|Burpee Electronic Soil Tester|
|Make sure to use clean tools.|
|First remove the top 2" from the area you are testing. Next, dig down about 6" in several locations. My beds are 4x4's so I decided on 4 evenly spaced areas.|
|Break-up soil and remove stones, twigs etc.|
|Evenly collect and combine the dirt from the different locations until you have between 2" and 4".|
|Add distilled, spring or rain water to your container of dirt, turning it into a mud like consistency.|
|Allow it to sit for about 15 minutes, and then drain of excess water.|
|Place the meter into the mud and select either pH or fertility.|
|Wait two minutes before taking a reading.|
I discovered the my pH was just shy of 7 or neutral. The soil fertility was on the "too little" side, which makes sense since I just got done growing green beans in this area. Now that I have my readings, I can amend the soil accordingly.
Soil pH and fertility, along with sun exposure and moisture levels are important factors in providing the best growing environment for a successful garden
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